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Use of nut butters for cooking

Answered on September 30, 2015
Created September 30, 2015 at 8:05 AM

With so many recipes containing almond butter or other nut butters that are then cooked, should be not be concerned about heating these nut butters to a point that will create trans fats? For example frying paleo pancakes would require temperatures past that of the nut butter smoke points.

Is this not a concern for the possible negative health implications that can occur from trans fats? And could this mean that these recipes are infant unhealthy?

 

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on September 30, 2015
at 12:51 PM

Yup, heating up PUFA containg fats is not too great an idea.  You'd be better off cooking with nut flours like coconut which are defatted.  (And even if it wasn't coconut, unlike almond butter contains almost no PUFA to oxidize.)

You can also use white rice flour, or arrowroot flour.

Just switch to alternate recipes, or experiment.

Besides, high nut intake, especially from nut butters is not a good idea.  They tend to cause fat gain quickly, and worse, since the pretty almonds are sold whole to be roasted and sold in nut mixes, the ugly moldy rancid ones are usually what winds up in the nut butters, so that's a double strike against them.

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